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Hi I'm Bonnie

My students call me Dr. Harris and I teach classes in US and World History on college campuses in So. California. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married to the same guy for nearly 40 years and we raised 3 daughters together and enjoy being grandparents. I consider my family the most important accomplishment of my life. I returned to college when my youngest was 10 and studied constantly until earning my doctorate degree in Modern European Jewish History and the Holocaust 11 years later. I now teach assorted college classes in history - US History, World History, Western Civilization, and of course, Holocaust History. I NEVER imagined when I went back to college that I would earn a PhD in Holocaust Studies. As I look back on my life, I wonder at the precision of the Lord is laying out a plan of happiness personally tailored to satisfying my needs, strengthening my weaknesses, fulfilling my desires, and building upon my strengths. When it came to accomplishing my educational goals at this later stage in my life, it is as if the Lord laid out the path before me and asked me to walk it - most times I had no idea where it was going to take me or HOW it was going to be accomplished. I love teaching as I grew up teaching in the Church all my life - and now I can take the talents I developed teaching in the Church and apply those talents to teaching in the world.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though you can technically say I was raised in the Church, my family was inactive and I had to choose for myself if attending church was important to me. Once I knelt in prayer at the age of 14 and asked to know if this Church and its teachings were true, I received an undeniable answer and my conversion has been a life long ambition that I try to rekindle everyday. My study of history convinced me even more of the touch of God's hand in the course of human events and I know God loves all his children and is the architect of true happiness.

How I live my faith

I have been a volunteer teacher in the Mormon Church since I accepted my first calling at the age of 13 to teach music to the children of my Ward. This got me back into activity in the Church and once I received my testimony the next year, I filled every calling to lead music and to teach classes that I was asked to do. My greatest joy has been in teaching the scriptures in Sunday School classes and in Institutes of Religion. I have a passion for the history of the House of Israel in the Old and New Testament and the Book of Mormon and I am sure that influenced my passion for the study of World History. In my youth I studied Music and Vocal Performance as an Operatic Soprano and even though I chose Motherhood over the Professional Stage (I was performing the role of the Mother in "Ahmahl and the Night Visitors" for the Pacific Opera Company at La Jolla Playhouse when I learned I was pregnant with our 3rd daughter) I have been able to share and expand my musical talents through the Church as well. Membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints completes me.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

The Bible is one of the oldest living documents in the world and it records God's words to his children through his prophets. The messages in the Bible also foretell of God's future dealings with his children. We believe the Bible is the word of God and that it records events in history that cannot be found in any other record. Above all, the Bible is a witness of Jesus Christ and it records the founding and operations of the original Church of Christ. Show more Show less